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7 ΜΗ ΓΕΝΟΙΤΟ in the Diatribe and Paul

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Rudolf Bultmann's dissertation is still the best general description of diatribal style and remains the authority on the subject for most NT scholars. This chapter examines the way in which μὴ γένοιτο is widely used in the diatribal literature, usually thought to be represented in Greek by the Dissertations of Epictetus, certain Moralia of Plutarch, various works of Philo, and by Bion, Teles, Musonius, Dio Chrysostom, Lucian, and Maximus of Tyre. Bultmann demonstrates that in the pagan diatribe the rejection of the objection could take place in different ways. Frequently the retort is in the form of a counter-question. Paul's use of μὴ γένοιτο does not have a counterpart in the pagan diatribe in general but does in Epictetus.

Keywords: μὴ γένοιτο; diatribal literature; Diatribe; Paul; Rudolf Bultmann



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